Heritage Inventory Forthcoming
Sometime this spring,
residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the natural communities
that form their natural environment. The
Montgomery County Natural Heritage Inventory, a biological inventory prepared by
botanist Moni Bates, will be presented to
and made available to the public at the local library.
The Natural Heritage Inventory is important for several reasons.
Foremost, it provides the opportunity for local citizens to gain a better
understanding of local plants and animals. Secondly,
the inventory provides a ranking system for respective communities based upon
each area’s rarity. Third, the
compilation of information can be used by local government officials to make
better-informed decisions when evaluating potential land changing projects.
Finally, the inventory offers concrete evidence of the uniqueness of
. For example, the inventory
contains over twenty sites described as having either National of State
Significance. In comparison,
failed to register a Nationally Significant site and only a handful of State
Significant Sites. Compared to other
counties throughout the state, it is readily apparent that
contains a wealth of native, natural communities, especially when compared to
neighboring counties in the
Much of the high rankings bestowed upon
can be directly contributed the
being located here. However, these
rankings can also be attributed to
’s location within the state. You
often hear the saying that so-and-so helps hold the world together.
Well, in this case,
is that so-and-so. The county lies
in the midst of a transition area between the
and Sandhills. In fact, you can
find examples of both located within the county’s boundaries.
To make things more unique, the
span the western portion of the county to provide an even more unique area
. All of these factors combine to
form a very special place within
. Not just for its people, but also
for the many rare plants and animals that call it home.